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Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a retro handheld console with the GPM280

GPM280, a retro console based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ Lite. (Image source: Waveshare)
GPM280, a retro console based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ Lite. (Image source: Waveshare)
With the Waveshare GPM280, one can create a retro handheld from a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ Lite. The GPM280 can either be purchased with a CM3+ Lite or without, should you have one to hand.
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The Waveshare GPM280 is an intriguing device, not least because it looks like the Famicon Edition of the Game Boy Micro. The GPM280 works off a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ Lite, which should make it rather powerful, despite its size.

The GPM280 itself measures 136.4 x 67.5 x 16.82 mm and has a 2.8-inch IPS display. Waveshare states that the display operates natively at 640 x 480 pixels, covers 70% of the NTSC colour gamut and is covered by laminated glass with an anti-fingerprint coating.

Moreover, there are four action buttons, along with a D-pad, two shoulder buttons and select/start buttons. Moreover, Waveshare has included a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a speaker and a volume adjuster. The latter can also adjust screen brightness, which is handy.

A 1,500 mAh battery powers the GPM280, which can be recharged via the device's micro USB port. The latter can also transfer data between the GPM280 and a computer, but the CM3+ Lite includes Wi-Fi connectivity, too. Meanwhile, one can install ROMs on a microSD card.

The GPM280 can be purchased from Waveshare directly, where it retails for US$119.99 without a CM3+ Lite. The company sells the GPM280 with a 32 GB microSD card and the CM3+ Lite too though, albeit it for US$149.99. Alternatively, the GPM280 can be purchased through Waveshare's AliExpress shop.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-01-29 (Update: 2021-01-29)